I found this exercise a bit tricky initially. Eventually I thought it would be a good idea to commission a portrait of my wife. I wasn’t too sure how to approach it at first, so I looked at a number of fairly recent portraits from the NPG website. This gave me some ideas of the different ways that artists have approached such commissions. From then on it became a little easier as I tried to work out the characteristics that I would want an artist to portray.
The exercise was a bit different, for once I wasn’t starting with a finished product, rather trying to influence what the final portrait would look like. This caused me to think a lot more deeply about producing a portrait than I had ever thought would have been needed!
The final result is here with photos removed for copyright reasons: Exercise Commission a portrait no pics